What is hijackthis.exe?
HijackThis program file.
Is hijackthis.exe safe?
How do I prevent hijackthis.exe from loading?
The hijackthis.exe process is a security related process and should not be deleted or prevented from loading as it could comprimise the security of your computer. However, if you believe this security related utility is not needed, wish to free up system resources, or want it removed so another security related program can be installed uninstall the program associated with hijackthis.exe.
Why is hijackthis.exe using 100% of my CPU?
Many security related processes will use 100% of your CPU or a lot of memory while scanning your computer for threats. Often these scans can be canceled by right-clicking the icon in the Notification area and canceling the scan or rescheduling the scan.
Questions related to hijackthis.exe
If you've recently been getting errors with hijackthis.exe it's recommend you unisntall or re-install any programs recently that may have generated this error. If this does not resolve your issue or you have not installed any program recently try recovering Windows back to a earlier copy.
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Where can I download hijackthis.exe?
If you're getting missing hijackthis.exe file errors or other errors with the hijackthis.exe file we suggest that you re-install the program, uninstall and re-install a more up-to-date version, or check to see if any updates are available for the program associated with the file instead of attempting to copy a new version of the file to the computer. File errors are often caused by more than just a single missing or corrupt file and copying just one file could cause more issues.
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